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Esta apabullante novela, que supone la consagraci n de Rita Indiana como narradora, tiene tantas capas de lectura y tantos giros fascinantes que rehuye toda s ntesis, todo encorsetamiento Es m s, s lo cabe una invitaci n entusiasta a la lectura por parte de los editoresAunque para los que prefieran algunas claves, he aqu un resumen la historia arranca en el apartamento de la santera y asesora del Presidente dominicano Esther Escudero, llamada tambi n Omicunl desde que, en un rito afrocubano, se convirtiese en servidora de la diosa del mar Yemay Su joven mucama, Alcide Figueroa, a la que Esther ha apartado de la prostituci n gracias a la colaboraci n de otro personaje fundamental, Eric Vitier, est a punto de vivir una historia de pasados, presentes y futuros vertiginosa y, por momentos, aparentemente imposible m s all del relatoLas deidades afroantillanas que habitan el mar Caribe, la m sica tradicional y la m sica electr nica, el sexo en todas sus formas incluso el cambio de sexo , los bucaneros del siglo XVII o los grabados de Goya son otros de los cimientos sobre los que se alza este texto lleno de intrigas y deseos, lleno de aristas y de falsas certezas Lleno tambi n de tramas y subtramas de esos intereses pol ticos, es decir, p blicos, que suelen pasar por muchas novelas del presente de un modo inane Pocas ficciones hay que nos hablen del arte contempor neo con tanta precisi n como La mucama de Omicunl , pocas tambi n que nos hablen as sobre la contaminaci n de los mares y oc anos por citar dos de los asuntos que Indiana aborda aqu Pero en todo momento con una sutileza que rehuye el adoctrinamiento o el cinismo posmodernos para nunca alejarse de lo que es simple y puramente necesidad y vidaYa lo dec amos al principio apabullante


10 thoughts on “La mucama de Omicunlé

  1. Nate D Nate D says:

    At last, the queer, punk, dystopian novel of the Dominican Republic I should have been waiting for For a minute in the second chapter I worried it would turn into that sort satire where characters no one can really care about get tossed about like puppets by arbitrary forces of authorial whim, but no, it turns out to be much stranger, and muchmeticulously constructed than that A smart pulp tour of Caribbean history, art, politics, and ecology.


  2. lark benobi lark benobi says:

    I m beginning to realize how much metoo is changing the way I read There is a lot of sexual violence in this novel, treated in a pulp fiction y way that even a year ago might not have bothered me as much as it does now These days my tolerance for sexually violent scenes is significantly lower than before I m quicker to judge a scene as exploitative rather than necessary Objectively I can say this is a unique novel, where important themes weave through the story in witty and imaginative ways I m beginning to realize how much metoo is changing the way I read There is a lot of sexual violence in this novel, treated in a pulp fiction y way that even a year ago might not have bothered me as much as it does now These days my tolerance for sexually violent scenes is significantly lower than before I m quicker to judge a scene as exploitative rather than necessary Objectively I can say this is a unique novel, where important themes weave through the story in witty and imaginative ways But I felt unhappy as I read, and maybe even a little unsafe These weren t feelings that I wanted to feel at the moment


  3. Gumble& Gumble& says:

    And Other Stories is a small UK publisher which publishes some of the best in contemporary writing, including many translations and aims to push people s reading limits and help them discover authors of adventurous and inspiring writing They are set up as a not for profit Community Interest Company and operate on a subscriber model with subscribers of which they now have around 1000 in 40 countries committing in advance to enable the publication of future books Famously and admirably, And Other Stories is a small UK publisher which publishes some of the best in contemporary writing, including many translations and aims to push people s reading limits and help them discover authors of adventurous and inspiring writing They are set up as a not for profit Community Interest Company and operate on a subscriber model with subscribers of which they now have around 1000 in 40 countries committing in advance to enable the publication of future books Famously and admirably, And Other Stories were the only publisher to respond to Kamilia Shamsie subsequent winner of the 2018 Women s Prize s 2016 challenge to only publish books by women in 2018.https www.theguardian.com books 201 Tentacle by Rita Indiana was first published in Spanish as La Mucama de Omicunl Omikunle s Maid , and has been translated into English by Achy Obejas.It is an unusual novel a mix as I saw it of Dominican politics past and present , time travel science fiction, future dystopian eco thriller, modern art tribute or satire I was not entirely clear and Yoruba influenced voodoo.The book starts in the future sometime in the mid 21st Century A populist Dominican President Said Bona, formed a left wing voodoo inspired totalitarian regime, allied with other states in a Bolivarian Alliance, but in 2024 a seaquake flushed some biological weapons he was hoarding for the Venezuelan government into the Caribbean, destroying the local marine environment and reaping havoc on the global marine ecosystem The main character of the book is Acidle who serves as a maid to Bona s spiritual advisor Esther or Omicunl Acidle s ambitions are initially fixated on finding her Italian father, training as an Italian chef and paying for a chemical sex change and she hatches a plan to steal an anemone that Esther keeps and uses one of the few remaining sea creatures However when that plan goes wrong her real destiny as Esther s chosen spiritual successor anointed to eliminate not the effects but, using time travel, the very origins of the catastrophe comes to fore.In what starts as the other main story trail which over time we realise is set in somethinglike the present day, an artist Argenis is part of a part artistic commune, part ecological sanctuary being established by a couple Georgio and Linda, when he suddenly finds himself leading an apparent parallel past life as the sole survivor of a shipwreck now living with a motley crew of bucaneers on the Dominican coast a few hundred years earlier.Eventually we see how the two stories combine, the time travel elements come muchto the fore as we work our way through the shifting characters and time zones Certainly this is a very different and interesting storyThe ending which at first confused me, seemed to me after a night s reflection to be a clever metaphor for the attitude of humanity to climate change and ecological disaster being unwilling to sacrifice present day personal comfort for future generations even in full knowledge of the likely consequences for the planet and those future generations of that decision.I had two reservations with the book Firstly, just as with Alia Trabucco Zeran The Remainder by the same publisher I think the book would have benefited from a translator s note, as well as a foreword afterword for the English reader less familiar with the political background Secondly, I was uncomfortable with the real fantasied sexual violence directed against women


  4. MJ Nicholls MJ Nicholls says:

    A bundle of modish ideas and themes blasted in a blender and spattered across 130 pages to resemble something vaguely novellish.


  5. Neil Neil says:

    La Mucama de Omicunl Omikunle s Maid comes to us in the UK as Tentacle There s something about that new title that makes it soundscary than it actually is Then the blurb saysonly she the titular maidcan travel back in time and save the ocean and humanity from disaster But first she must become the man she always was with the help of a sacred anemone. When you read that description, you can understand why some reviewers here on Goodreads have called this Caribbean Murakami La Mucama de Omicunl Omikunle s Maid comes to us in the UK as Tentacle There s something about that new title that makes it soundscary than it actually is Then the blurb saysonly she the titular maidcan travel back in time and save the ocean and humanity from disaster But first she must become the man she always was with the help of a sacred anemone. When you read that description, you can understand why some reviewers here on Goodreads have called this Caribbean Murakami But Murakami fans should be warned because although several plot elements have a Murakami esque feel to them, there isexplicit sex and sexual violence here than you would find in a novel from the Japanese author.The combination of new title and blurb makes you think you are launching into a sci fi fantasy novel, and I suppose there are elements of that But the book isthan that It istechnology, Yoruba ritual, queer politics, poverty, sex, colonialism, and contemporary artOxford comma not mine.The maid in question is Acilde who begins the story in the home of Esther Escudero also known as Omicunl in a post apocalyptic Dominican Republic about 10 years from now The oceans are dead Acilde is saving money for a procedure that will allow her to become the man she always was as the blurb puts it But that transformation opens upthan a simple change of gender The phrase the man she always was warns us that this isn t going to be a normal book I m not referring to anything about gender change, but to the mixing of past, present and future that is perhaps the most standout feature of the book.In parallel, Argenis is a struggling artist who gets the chance to join a creative programme led by Giorgio Menicucci Here, something very strange begins to happen to him, also related to mixing of past and present.Gradually, Acilde s and Argenis stories come together, both involving a strange form of time travel with different times overlaid in Argenis case, we see which is which because the novel s now is narrated in the past tense whereas Argensis time travelled self is narrated in the present tense this leads to tense changes in mid paragraph fairly frequently.It s difficult to writewithout including spoilers The book blurb makes it clear so this isn t a spoiler that Acilde s time travel relates to saving the oceans There is an interesting review here You can read this if you don t mind spoilers, but I won t sayabout the plot It is a disconcerting book to read The time travel aspects make for a very non linear narrative that often, as mentioned, switches in mid paragraph Add to that the huge list of characters where it can be difficult to keep track of who belongs where or when in fact, I would probably advise readers to keep some kind of cast list to track this.For me, it was interestingthan it was gripping Perhaps if I knewabout the Dominican Republic I would understandof the references and context.I m not sure about the new title


  6. ONYX Pages ONYX Pages says:

    Nicely written, if a bit too mysterious at points.Very interesting story, told densely, due to it s length.The treatment of dark skinned Black bodies was a problem for me It was unnecessary for the plot, and the use of the N r seemed completely gratuitous Similarly, the gratuitous sexual violence was disappointing and distracting Unfortunate.There was an important story to be told about power, patriarchy, race, sexual freedom, the Orisha That story got lost.


  7. Anna Anna says:

    There s a lot happening in the 130 pages of Tentacle It flits through many narrative points of view and several points in time, which turn out to be linked in mysterious ways There are elements of the dystopian, magical, and queer, as well as artistic, environmental, colonialist, and political themes I appreciated all of these and thought the weird temporal structure of events was well executed The combination was original and potentially really powerful However the short length meant tha There s a lot happening in the 130 pages of Tentacle It flits through many narrative points of view and several points in time, which turn out to be linked in mysterious ways There are elements of the dystopian, magical, and queer, as well as artistic, environmental, colonialist, and political themes I appreciated all of these and thought the weird temporal structure of events was well executed The combination was original and potentially really powerful However the short length meant that every theme was galloped through at top speed, giving neither reader nor characters time to breathe The last novel I read, The Will to Battle, advanced its plot slowly and incrementally via extensive dialogue By contrast, there is hardly any dialogue in Tentacle at all it alternates between internal stream of consciousness and bald statement of events by omniscient third person Although both approaches have their benefits, the shift from one to the other between novels proved disconcerting I would have liked Tentacle to be longer, so that the intriguing characters and settings could be further developed There were snapshots of the Dominican Republic in the past and future, which were evocative yet curtailed The ending inevitably felt abrupt and somewhat arbitrary view spoiler I was rather disappointed with it, in fact Acilde opts out of any effort to save the ocean in favour of personal comfort as Giorgio, while the fate of Argenis remains ambiguous hide spoiler This inconclusiveness made it difficult for me to feel anything substantive about the novel, as if it added up to less than the sum of its very promising parts


  8. Stacia Stacia says:

    Wow So many strands, skillfully interwoven Taut Tense Terrific Update 5 21 20 Just finished reading this for the second time This time, my reading was different in that during the Covid 19 pandemic lockdown , I read it aloud during Zoom calls to my friend who didn t have her copy of the book with her in her current location It was a great way to read the book as we could stop discuss the sections as we read And, really, this story leaves me withquestions than answers Wow So many strands, skillfully interwoven Taut Tense Terrific Update 5 21 20 Just finished reading this for the second time This time, my reading was different in that during the Covid 19 pandemic lockdown , I read it aloud during Zoom calls to my friend who didn t have her copy of the book with her in her current location It was a great way to read the book as we could stop discuss the sections as we read And, really, this story leaves me withquestions than answers which is ok with me Some questions view spoiler Was Acilde Georgio the correct god or is it a case of mistaken identity the prophecy being interpreted wrongly Did Georgio choose individual love over love for humanity the Earth The Greek gods misbehaved all the time, making questionable choices, screwing over each other humanity is that similar to the god sacred outlook here Was I expecting a certain ending because of the prevalence of monotheistic religion assuming a savior will save vs acting in its own self interest Do the actions in one timeline define change allow the person to direct actions in another timeline Or is there individuality in each timeline hide spoiler Those were some of my questions at the end, but there were so manywe discussed as we went along Lots to think about I m so happy that I revisited this story Read it this second time for our book club because in 2020 we are reading the Year of Publishing Women books published by And Other Stories


  9. oshizu oshizu says:

    4.5 stars, rounded up This novel got confusing at times with its time travelling protagonist I didn t realize until quite close to the end of the book how many time periods were involved.Still, it is a bizarre and enchanting tale, bold, irrational It interweaves so many elements and themes into its web I m curious about the historicity of parts of the story, like the development of the Dominican Republic s dairy industry by Jewish immigrants from Austria in the late 1930s.I plan to re read t 4.5 stars, rounded up This novel got confusing at times with its time travelling protagonist I didn t realize until quite close to the end of the book how many time periods were involved.Still, it is a bizarre and enchanting tale, bold, irrational It interweaves so many elements and themes into its web I m curious about the historicity of parts of the story, like the development of the Dominican Republic s dairy industry by Jewish immigrants from Austria in the late 1930s.I plan to re read this book in the future it pushes all my buttons


  10. Daniel Daniel says:

    Yes, very clever.At first I loved how lightning paced this was, and then I started to lose the plot Finally, I stopped caring about keeping up.I m sure the fact that I had no fucking idea what was going on saysabout me than the book, but yeah Being fucking cray cray isn t enough, it s a start but it s not enough.